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Stepping Up in a Big Way

by Angela Daidone  |  Winter 2021

Nursing Alumni Collage

Nursing alumni found themselves on the front lines of the pandemic and willingly answered the call. Their training and dedication to their chosen profession proved to be invaluable in hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the country. 

Compassionate Care

Sandra Granito ’13 is a medical pulmonary ICU nurse at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in South Carolina.As someone who cares for our sickest Covid-19 patients, I can state that it requires compassion and knowledge to care for these patients in such an isolated world. My education at Ramapo certainly prepared me to work in these unprecedented times.”

Sandra Granito '13 - Ramapo grad nurse wearing face mask
Sandra Granito '13 - Ramapo grad nurse wearing face mask

On the Front Lines

Ramapo’s nursing alumni were among those working on the front lines of the COVID pandemic. Alumnae April Dela Cruz ’10 (pictured), Caitlin Burke ’09 and their colleagues in the critical care units at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J., stayed strong, helping to protect lives.

Students Stepped Up

Jake DaCosta and Joy Bochis, both of whom were students in Ramapo’s nursing program last spring, represented the courage and dedication of the Class of 2020. Jake and Joy working countless hours as EMTs on the West Paterson, N.J., First Aid Squad.

Sandra Granito '13 - Ramapo grad nurse wearing face mask
Jeffrey Bellen '19 - Ramapo grad nurse wearing mask and face shield

Dedicated to the Work

Jeffrey Bellens ’19 worked for Ramapo College’s Upward Bound program for several years, serving in various positions. He graduated in 2019 from the Ramapo nursing program and secured a job at The Valley in Ridgewood, N.J. He himself was ill with COVID-19 and recovered, eventually returning to work.

Thankful for the Support

Cathlynne Valmores ’16 works at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J., and is currently in studying in Ramapo’s MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program. She has collaborated with the College’s undergraduate nursing program as an adjunct clinical instructor for senior nursing students. “I am thankful for all the support from Ramapo and the community.”

Cathlynne Valmores
Jeffrey Bellen '19 - Ramapo grad nurse wearing mask and face shield

Tiniest Patients

Carly Lozosky ’19 is a Mother/Baby Registered Nurse in the Maternity Center at Morristown Medical Center. Carly said she is one of the nurses who care for Covid-positive postpartum mothers and their babies. “They are usually physically separated throughout their hospitalization,” said Carly.

Answered a New Calling

Brandon Smith ’17, a 2017 graduate of the Anisfield School of Business, majored in IT Management. He went on to study at SUNY, with the goal of working in nursing informatics. He is now a nurse at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Normally, he works in oncology/chemotherapy, but for the early months of the pandemic, he primarily treated acute care COVID patients.

Brandon Smith '17, close up of nurse masked
Beth Lutchen-Pharis ’09, Nurse in PPE in clinical setting

First line of defense

Beth Lutchen-Pharis ’09 is a nurse in a hospital emergency room in San Antonio, Texas which treated some of the first COVID patients in the U.S. “These patients were Americans sent from Wuhan, China as well as some of the cruise ships that were quarantined at the nearby military base.” Other patients who arrived at the hospital’s emergency room went through extensive screening in order to protect both the patients and staff.